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By Wales Walking Football, Feb 21 2019 03:19PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Wales Walking Football seek revenge against the old enemy England.


On March 3rd Wales will take to the pitch at St George’s Park looking for revenge for the defeats they suffered at English hands in 2018.


Over the weekend 16th/17th February, Wales Walking Football National Teams (both over 50’s & 60’s), completed their final training preparations for the forthcoming international match against England.

These prestigious matches, being played at St George’s Park on March 3rd within the Sir Alf Ramsey indoor stadium, are the return matches for the games played between the two teams last September at Jenner Park, Barry where England were victorious at both 50+ and 60+ level.


These games are part of the build-up towards the inaugural Walking Football European Nations Cup taking place in June at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, featuring 160 players representing eight different counties, involving both over 50’s and 60’s age groups.


Walking Football is one of the fastest growing sports in the country with over 40,000 registered players playing for their respective clubs throughout United Kingdom and with over a 1000 clubs competing in various sessions, leagues and tournaments. February also saw the first matchday for the new Welsh Walking Football Premier League which brought in teams from all over Wales played at Merthyr Town Football Club met coaches COMMUNITY STADIUM on February 9th and it proved to be a very successful and competitive event . Teams will now take to the field every 8 weeks or so in a continuing league format, all looking to be crowned Welsh Champions by the end of the year.


John Rowlands, captain of the Welsh 60+ squad said, “Every organisation needs a strong structure to survive and thankfully we have this within Wales Walking Football from our team of hard working volunteers. On the football front, we have 2 Team Managers, Martin Pritchard for the 50+ and Martin Ransom for the 60+ age groups. These are supported by Head Coach Ashleigh Hopkins, Premier League Club Coach, Craig Evans and Lee Breeze. Most importantly we also possess a very hard working committee, chaired by Hedley Austin. Despite this strong core we are still looking for people to help our organisation, particularly within the areas of fundraising and media relations. We recently started our own crowd funding to try to help the teams prepare for growing number of international competitions.”


Contrary to the perception that some may have, Walking Football is an extremely skilful and competitive sport. The standards of playing at the highest levels are growing quickly as former semi-pros and professional footballers are finding their way into the game and indeed, one of the main ambassadors of the sport and an England 60+ squad player, is Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy. Despite this growth at the higher skill level, the strength of the sport remains with the local club aspect of bringing together players over 50 years old, providing improvements in fitness as well as general health and in an environment that fosters high levels of camaraderie. This is reflected in the sport’s motto of ‘Rethink Retirement’.


Everyone involved in Walking Football is working to achieve recognition for the sport and to be acknowledged and supported by the Football Associations throughout the country. No matter where you live in Wales or the UK, there should be a walking football club near you.



ENDS:


FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:


John Rowlands, Captain Wales 60+ squad

rolydj@sky.com


Hedley Austin, Chairman Wales Walking Football

waleswalkingfootball@gmail.com


Martin Ransom, Wales Walking Football Premier League Vice Chairman and Fixture Manager

martinjransom1@gmail.com


NOTES:


Website: www.waleswalkingfootball.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WalesWFN/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WalesWFN


Fund Raising for Wales Walking Football:

https://gogetfunding.com/wales-walking-football-national-teams


Walking Football Association: https://thewfa.co.uk/


Wales Walking Football Premier League: https://waleswfpremier.leaguerepublic.com


By Wales Walking Football, Feb 12 2019 12:18PM


3rd March

Wales v England (over 50s and over 60s)


6th April

Wales over 50s v Isle of Man


18th & 19th May

Super Veterans Tournament (Paris) Over 65s


8th & 9th June

WFA Euros (over 50s and over 60s)



By Wales Walking Football, Jan 18 2019 05:21PM

The management team for Wales Walking Football has undergone some reorganisation in the last week, with the aim of making the whole management process more efficient and accountable, using everyone’s strengths.


The most significant change is that Martin Ransom has stepped down from the management committee - but he will of course remain in full charge of the over 60s national team. He will also be heavily involved in the new leagues and the proposed new over 70s team. This change is to free up Martin from committee work to enable him to concentrate on the players and to develop the over 60s and over 70s.


The fact that he has stepped down from the committee is absolutely no reflection on Martin. He has been inspirational and driven in getting the national teams to their present level; he has been brilliant in stepping into the breach when we had challenging times with the over 50s team; and he has been central to the unification of the split parts of the walking football world in Wales. He will also now be freed up to work more closely with the newly launched Wales Walking Football national leagues.


Martin will still be contributing matters relating to the over 60s players to the committee, alongside Martin Pritchard - who will be performing the parallel role for the over 50s.


I remain as chair of the Wales Walking Football management committee, together with Mel Jenkins and Phil Roberts. Craig Evans has been invited to join the committee.


Hedley Austin

Chair

Wales Walking Football national teams


By Wales Walking Football, Jan 13 2019 05:00AM

• 6th Jan – Training 50+ and 60+ (Merthyr)

• 3rd Feb – Training 50+ and 60+ (Merthyr)

• 17th Feb – Training (Newtown)